Wed.Sep 28, 2011

10 Insightful Social Media Quotes from Smart CEOs

C-Level Strategies

I’m quite fortunate to be part of the team at CEO Connection , working closely with our CEO members on a daily basis as Chief Relationship Officer.

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The Danger of Vision Casting

Ron Edmondson

Vision casting can be dangerous… It can destroy the health of a team… Cast your stones if you want, but it’s true. The most prolific vision-casters can ruin a good team.

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The 3 Core Elements of Delegation

Leading Blog

Without delegation no organization can function effectively. Yet, lack of courage to delegate properly, and the knowledge of how to do it, is one of the most general causes of failure in organizations. Lester Urwick, Elements of Administration. Every time you delegate work to a teammate, three inescapable core elements of delegation are in play. Authority , responsibility , and accountability form an integrated process and must be applied by you as a unified whole. Authority Can Be Delegated.

Building Leadership Development From Scratch and Early Morning Sessions?

ReThink HR

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Ohio HR conference which had a record of over 700 attendees. I was also fortunate or less fortunate to perform the daunting task of delivering this presentation on Friday morning which began at 7:15am. Keep in mind that: it was a 7:15 am session.

Are You Accountable or Responsible?

Next Level Blog

Are you accountable or responsible? What’s the difference and why does it matter? The first time I heard this distinction was years ago in one of my first coaching engagements. I was interviewing. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership Personal Presence

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Ready to Rideout the Bear Market?

Coaching Tip

Bear markets are cunning beasts. Don't get me wrong -- we are not in the bear market territory yet. At least, not officially. An "official" bear market begins when the stocks indexes decline 20%. The DJIA's decline from the May 2, 2011 high to the September 21 low is about 17%. Close, but no cigar.

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Decision Outliers- Their Impact on Team and Organizational Effectiveness

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's another guest post from Beth Armknecht Miller: In the book Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell , many of the stories focus on those outliers who were successful, often due to circumstances and luck. What if you have an outlying preference that holds you back?

Are You Accountable or Responsible?

Next Level Blog

Are you accountable or responsible? What’s the difference and why does it matter? The first time I heard this distinction was years ago in one of my first coaching engagements. I was interviewing. Please click the headline to read the whole story. Leadership Personal Presence

7 ways the best leaders set an example by going first

Bud to Boss

This is a guest post from Kevin Eikenberry , a two-time bestselling author, speaker, consultant, trainer, coach, leader, learner, husband and father (not necessarily in that order). He is one of the speakers at our very popular Bud to Boss and Leadership training camps. Kevin is also on the selection board of our upcoming 2011 Bud to Boss Awards (more on those soon!). Read more about Kevin here.

This + That + Also This – Success Requires Not 1 Thing, But Many Things

First Friday Book Synopsis

It is a very competitive world out there. Your job may be in jeopardy, because someone else wants your job, and is preparing right now to do your job better than you can do it. Especially if it a good job. Those are increasingly scarce, it seems). So, you have to always keep getting [.]. Randy's blog entries Mastery success

Bob Burg on Life and Leadership

Leadership Freak

Yesterday Bob Burg took my call and we chatted for nearly an hour. I don’t waste much time on calls so after he shared a bit of his story, I asked him if he thought of himself as a leader. I loved his answer. It set us on a conversation spanning leadership, encouragement, defining success, [.]. Book Notes Interview Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Leadership Development

Failed Culture Change Causes Failed IT Projects

The Practical Leader

Many organizations are implementing significant overhauls of their IT systems. But many of these projects are poorly implemented. This leads to sizeable cost overruns, missed deadlines, disrupted operations, unhappy customers, and stressed out employees.

Complexity and Achieving Goals at Work

Create Learning

Work and Complexity are continually intertwined. As a manager you deal with this on a daily basis, as an employee you constantly deal with challenges that arise on your way to complete tasks.

Hope Actually IS a Strategy (Part 2)

Linked 2 Leadership

It took me three months. Just one quarter. Only twelve weeks. I’m back. My social experiment is over, and my conclusion is: Hope still lives, albeit on a fairly powerful respirator. In my last blog, I shared that it was getting harder to write monthly… (apologizing for the no-post May,) I wrote that: “My shelves [.]. Coaching Corner Future Leadership Issues Leadership Lessons Learned Leadership vs. Management Leading & Developing Other Leaders Servant Leadership

Chief of Staff ? Do You Need One? ? Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene


The McKinsey Quarterly: Top Ten Articles for Third Quarter, 2011

First Friday Book Synopsis

Once again and to its great credit, The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey and Company, has created online access the Top Ten articles for third quarter (2011) as selected by its readers. In case you missed them, you can now check them out and join the conversation. Here are brief descriptions [.].

Leading in Context® Blog Index

Leading in Context

Thank you for being committed to responsible leadership, and for following the Leading in Context® Blog. This Index includes over 100 posts that I have written on a wide variety of subjects related to responsible leadership. May they help you be successful on your leadership journey. Linda Fisher Thornton, CEO/Owner, Leading in Context LLC, LeadinginContext®.com com © 2009-2011 Leading in Context LLC. All rights reserved.

Mariano’s Mellow, Even at a Milestone

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a recent article written by Jason Gay for the Wall Street Journal. It it, Gay shares his thoughts about one of the greatest baseball players ever…who also happens to be one of the most humble superstars ever: Mariano Rivera, the “closer” for the New York Yankees. He recently became the [.].

Why HR and the CEO Should Be Joined at the Hip


The day the Jacobs Suchard (now part of Kraft Foods ) Board of Directors promoted me to the C-Suite, they strongly suggested I align myself with the CFO. The advice proved excellent, and for the rest of my days in the corner office I was joined at the hip with an outstanding finance executive who is now the CFO of Lindt & Sprüngli , the world’s leading chocolatier.


Zag: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands Marty Neumeier Peachpit Press (2006) How to “zag” when everyone else “zigs” In a previous book, The Brand Gap, Marty Neumeier explains how companies can bridge the gap between business strategy and customer experience, noting that brand-building isn’t a series of isolated activities; rather, it is a [.].

Why HR and the CEO Should Be Joined at the Hip


Ultimately, it is the CEO who determines the corporate culture, whether good or bad. Over my long tenure, I was extremely competitive, action-oriented and results-driven. So is it any wonder that my employees acted similarly? I’ll explain it this way: Firstly, these cultural characteristics were monitored and measured. Secondly, we recruited for the right cultural attitude, followed by skills. Thirdly, our superior financial results were a result of this modus operandi.

Bad Apples Produce Negative Outcomes

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] Dan Rockwell wrote a post yesterday on his Leadership Freak blog titled One Bad Apple Does Spoil the Whole Barrel. Consider the effect of one bad apple when it comes to teams and teamwork. One bad apple can spoil the performance contrary to some popular sayings. We are influenced by more than we think, especially [.] Bad Apples Produce Negative Outcomes. Leadership Development Attitude positive team teams Teamwork

Keys Skills for Increasing The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Keys Skills for Increasing The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence. Observe your specific interactions between you and others in various situations and settings both at work and home. The first step towards adjustments and needed change comes with awareness.

You Should Be Able to Get Rich in Charity

Harvard Business Review

There, I've said it. There should be no limit to the amount of money a person can earn making the world a better place, so long as the money is commensurate with the value they produce. If a person is a value-generating machine, and produces additional commensurate value for every additional increment of money they receive — and you can measure that value — then never stop the machine. And never let anyone else stop the machine. Let it keep producing value. Keep measuring it.

Death by Triangulation


“We don’t see the world as it is. We see the world as we are.” ” –Anais Nin. Death by Triangulation. The health and efficiency of an organization can often be judged by how often triangulation occurs and whether or not it is tolerated by leaders.

E Pluribus Unum


My family and I are on a vacation and field trip to Washington, D.C. this week. Because we home school our boys, this is a tremendous way to combine vacation and education. Here, we are able to learn about the foundation and history of our government while seeing the actual system in operation.

Wounded Healers


You do not have to be perfect to urge ethical behavior. As ethicists have noted, all of us can be wounded healers. The argument that any advocacy of ethical behavior must be from a saint is a diversionary tactic. It is often wrapped in the cloak of nonjudgmentalism; the idea that no moral judgments must be made on the behavior of others. That is amusing because, upon questioning, few people are completely reluctant to make judgments.

Voice of Experience: Natalie Horton (Deutsche Bank)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Natalie Horton (Head of Synthetic Equity Trading for North America, Deutsche Bank) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, [.].

Idioms, Cobblers,and Sausages


Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet is collecting foreign idioms. For example: For "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" -- Portuguese: Cão picado por cobra, tem medo de linguiça // A dog bitten by a snake fears sausages

Why You Still Haven't Gotten a Job

Harvard Business Review

They say, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten." So why do we repeat things that we know aren't working? Take jobseekers who send out hundreds, sometimes thousands of resumes , and never get any results. In any other context this would merit a change in approach, but they just keep sending out more resumes.

Seeking Credit for Evil


Michael J. Totten reports on an interesting twist: A publication that should know is questioning Iranian trutherism

Break Out From Predictability

Eric Jacobson

Inspirational leadership wisdom today came from Bahram Akradi, the CEO of Life Time Fitness.

General Grant


I have written before about the charm of U.S. Grant's memoirs. You can read his autobiography online.] It is easy to see why Grant and Mark Twain became friends. An excerpt: On the evening of the first day out from Goliad we heard the most unearthly howling of wolves, directly in our front. The prairie grass was tall and we could not see the beasts, but the sound indicated that they were near.

Help To Your Team Provide Excellent Customer Service

Eric Jacobson